Holi means colour. Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, also known as the “festival of colours”. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.
But sometimes we forget that drenching in colours are great fun, the aftermath can sometimes be unpleasant, with some people left suffering from skin rashes, eye allergies and discoloration of hair. So, we must take care of ourselves.
Play holi with safety brings you more smile on your face rather than plays holi with some nasty colours. Holis made from chemicals an cause some serious damage to skin, and discoloration, dermatitis, abrasion, irritation, itching, rashes, eczema and dryness.
Holi colours were traditionally made from herbs are good for face and play. So, stay safe this year by keeping these tips in mind before stepping out to play holi.
- On the eve of Holi keep your kids at a safe distance from the chemical holi.
- Wear clothes that cover as much of your body as possible. The best option would be to play with natural home made colours. Your skin and hair will feel tampered with the use of skin friendly natural products.
- Apply a generous amount of moisturizing lotion or oil on your face, arms, legs and any exposed part of skin. Use a waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage.
- Shield your hair from harmful chemicals, dirt and dust by massaging the scalp and hair with oil. Wear a cap or hat before heading out to play Holi.
- Use more of red or pink colours which looks good and can easily taken off. Gaudy purple, green, yellow, orange have more harmful chemicals in them and should be avoided.
- If possible avoid going outside your home, atleast for the peak hours of celebration. The premises of your home ensure that you are safe from pouncing hooligans, even friends who can be a little rough on the day.
- Take a bath much later after the entire Holi celebration is over. Taking frequent baths, washing the face again and again, will ruin your skin. You will also lose hair, for too much soap/shampoo has a drying effect.
- The official drink of Holi, bhang, can lead to increased blood pressure and a hike in heart rate. So drink it limited.
- Do not drive if you are high on alcohol or bhang.